Address by the Director
The Lipica Stud Farm boasts more than 440 years of tradition in regard to the Lipizzan horse, which has embodied beauty, strength, and courage for all this time. It is the cradle of all Lipizzan horses in the world, and one of the most beautiful and important cultural and historical monuments of the Republic of Slovenia.
It is connected by acts of love, tradition, and perseverance, which put the love for the Lipizzan horse, and the Karst landscape from which the white horses come, above everything else. It has been enriched by hard and responsible work, and centuries of knowledge, understanding, and insight into the nature of the horse, and man.
Even just thinking about all the families of horses, the sheer dedication of generations of people who left their indelible mark here, and about Lipica’s oak trees and meadows, fences and stables, is enough to instil a notion of responsibility. Responsibility can never be taken for granted. Responsibility and respect for tradition are the core values that guide me and my colleagues in our work, along with the understanding that we should listen to everyone who has a lot of knowledge about, and love for, Lipizzan horses and Lipica.
This is why we will continue raising the awareness of how important the Lipica Stud Farm is, as the original stud farm for the Lipizzan horse breed, and promote it internationally as a reputable equestrian institution. In this way, the Lipica Stud Farm, as a prime professional institution, will further strengthen its importance as the main stud farm for Lipizzan horses.
We will ensure that our development will comply with the protected values of the cultural landscape. A lot of attention will be dedicated to increasing the Lipica Stud Farm’s visibility and reputation, and we are also going to provide superior services related to Lipizzan horse breeding, equestrianism, and the protection and development of the cultural and natural heritage.
Through attractive tourism programmes, the tradition of Lipizzan horse breeding, which is in the process of being included on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, will be made more accessible for visitors. The contact between man and horse, which visitors can observe while touring the stud farm and watching a performance of the classical riding school, is an experience that never ceases to attract and excite. And with the offering of the new Hotel Maestoso, the experience of Lipica will develop into a completely new story.